Traveling in a RV for One Year!

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Wow. One year of living in a RV and traveling in the United Sates. We started in Pennsylvania, then New Jersey and made our way across the country to California. Currently we are in Utah exploring the national parks. This has been a massive growth period; learning how tow our fifth wheel, leveling the RV, making repairs, sustaining our new lifestyle financially, and so much more. We took a big risk selling our dog walking business a little over a year ago, but we managed to make this work. Sure there are a few things that frustrate me about living in an RV full-time, but I have zero regrets about embarking on this amazing journey.

I have always struggled living in one place. I never really liked it. I love having new experiences, meeting new people and seeing different places. This is my drug. This is what makes me feel present and feel alive. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any issues with this new lifestyle. One thing I struggle with is that I love travel and I also love music.  I find it much easier to practice music by having a rehearsal studio, a place where you can be as loud as you want. You can’t really do that in an RV. Sure, I can practice my acoustic guitar no problem, but playing drums or electric guitar – that becomes an issue.

Right now I am more focused on adventure, lucid dreaming, this blog, the podcast and our youtube channel. At some point I will want to bring music to the forefront. How that will play out, I am not sure. At the moment I am really enjoying exploring these national parks, going on hikes and feeling free.

What I love about traveling full-time is that everything feels like an adventure. I am always having to adapt and learn new things. This is good for me because I get bored way too easily. At the moment I think our goal is to visit all 50 states. It’s going to take time to achieve that. Sure you can rush through and see all 50 states, but we stay in each place typically for one month. During winter we stay in one place for four months. It is a slower process, but we get to see a lot. It is also much more affordable this way.

Everything has its cons and living an RV is no exception; waiting for hot water, making repairs, travel days are stressful, trains and highways can be noisy at RV parks, wireless internet is slower and more expensive, no dishwasher, dealing with propane, etc. Despite  these things, the good still outweighs the bad. I love the freedom that we have. And I still have a lot of college debt, but I still feel incredible free. I have my debt under control and feel confident I can clear it. If I feel this free with the amount of debt I have now, how will I feel when the debt is gone?

What will we do when we hit our goal of seeing all 50 states? I’m not sure, but most likely just continuing working on art and perhaps starting to explore other countries. Our travels will not end with America. Will we continue living in a RV after touring the U.S.? Who knows, only time will tell. What matters at this moment, is that I am happy. I am doing what I have always wanted to do – travel.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

4/30/19 | UTAH

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Love for my Life

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When a part of your purpose is that there is no plan, it is easy to get caught up thinking that something is wrong, that something is off. “I should have a traditional career by now, I should have a mortgage by now, I should have children by now…” I don’t have any of that. I weave dreams into reality. That is what I do. Each new adventure, each new place, each new experience: I drive to my dreams and then create new dreams. I have love for my life now.

This life isn’t perfect. Shit breaks in the RV, I don’t make as much money as I used to and what I am trying to build is going to take a lot of patience. YouTube, the blog, the podcast – these things take time. Living the RV life is strange. Some days you are getting bit by a dog at the RV park and other days you are visiting the grand canyon. Rainy days are boring, but the sun reminds you why you chose this lifestyle. Without the lows, without the days you are pushed to your limits, the magical days on the beach, mountains and desert just wouldn’t be as sweet.

If anyone tries to tell you that living in an RV doesn’t have any cons then they are bull shitting you like the internet loves to do. You are dealing with a small space, your cat is playing around in the litter box presenting a lovely aroma throughout the RV, you find leaks, your slide floor is FUBAR, etc. BUT, I got to say, it’s better than officially being homeless…

I like my life. No, I love my life. And I don’t think that was the case a long time ago. I went from depression and confusion to having more certainty and joy in my life. There is more light than darkness. It’s not all light, but I own more of my personal space than I ever have. I’m good with that, but it does not mean I will stop. There are many mountains to climb. Each present challenges and lessons to be learned. Each mountaintop is a victory,  a milestone and a new perspective.

If I was handed it all in the beginning, I would not learn patience or gratitude. I would not truly know joy. I wouldn’t be learning commitment and connectivity. It is through pain and struggle I have learned my strength, a strength I don’t need to prove to others and a strength not harnessed in a gym.

Something that surprises me is when I see people who have it all; family, big dreams, money, travel – but something is still off. So off that you need to take time away from a dream career to get yourself back in order or so off that you end up committing suicide…. It’s heartbreaking and sad to see. I know depression. I know pain. It’s ugly. It’s an internal war that not everyone always notices. This is why I believe health is so important. Self-awareness is important. Taking risks and following your dreams – it’s all important. In the end though we are human. You can have it all, you can feel god like, but shit can still go south and I don’t mean south for the winter. Life isn’t perfect, but nowadays – I love mine.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/29/19 | AZ

Living a Reversed Life

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We were sold a lie, weren’t we? Work really hard and if you are lucky, you might just enjoy the the remainder of your life. We tend to look at life as mostly being about work. It isn’t until the end of your life that you can actually do what you want to do… That seems a bit off to me. I know this article might piss some people off, but it is something that I think is important to talk about.

My wife and I have been living and traveling in an RV full-time for almost a year now. I’m in my early 30’s and my wife is in her late 20’s. We have never come across people our age that are doing what we are doing. I know with certainty that there are people our age doing van life or RV life, but we just have yet to cross paths with them. Most people doing this are much older and retired. There is nothing wrong with that, but I personally want to do this now while I am still relatively young and healthy. I prefer to live the reversed life…

I already have enough college debt as it is, thinking of having a mortgage or having children just does not seem like a responsibility I am interested at this point in my life. I like the freedom. I don’t feel lost on this journey. If anything this voyage is helping me become more okay with letting go of control, being comfortable in the unknown and being present. Plans don’t always come to fruition in life, especially living in an RV. There is a great deal of room for spontaneity to breathe.

What I notice is that most people tend to go from being a child to being a parent. Adulthood is completely skipped. I like the idea of being an adult for a while. Nobody is responsible for me and I am not responsible for anyone else. There is freedom in that and with my freedom I choose adventure and art, creating as I go. Movement is what I love, whether it is feeling my own energy running internally and / or we are kayaking down a river. Energy likes to move. I like to move 🙂

My goal is to be as healthy as possible even in older age, but I still prefer doing the adventurous activities NOW. I talk with many people from around the world every day and I notice something disturbing and that is how much higher education is shoved down our throats. Study hard, get into a lot of debt and potentially struggle to find a job where your real responsibility is to power someone else’s dream. Maybe I’m just too radical, I don’t know, but after a while, I just didn’t have the energy anymore to power something I did not care about or believe in. What I believe in is myself. I believe in my dreams. And that is what I want to supply power to.

Most of the world operates on the following levels; survival, emotional and an action oriented level. Something is missing. Spirit. And that is the direction we are all heading and will eventually go deeper into; identity, inner voice, neutrality, clarity, and knowing the age old questions. We fear death primarily because we identity as the body. What if we identify as a spiritual being WITH a body? It is a slow evolution on the planet, but it is happening, one chakra at a time 🙂

If you could live a reversed life, what would you be doing now? That thing you are pushing off until the later years of your life, what is that and what would it be like if you were doing it NOW?

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/23/19 | AZ

 

 

the Next Chapter…

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Four months of staying in one place. FOUR MONTHS! Haha. It was not what I was expecting, but with the USA having four seasons, we of course were going to need to stay somewhere warm for the winter. For us that was southern California. When I think of southern California I think of LA & San Diego. No we were far south. Right by the Mexican border actually. Anyway, these past few months have been less about adventure and more about working online, going to the gym, doing taxes, fixing our slide, enjoying warm weather and chillin in the hot tub. Well, this chapter is ending in a few days and a new one will begin…

There are times I get frustrated with living in an RV. I think anyone who does this full-time probably experiences the same thing; waiting for the hot water heater, hitting your head on something, dishes overflowing, etc. What makes it amazing though are all the places you get to see and the people you meet. I think Washington DC, New York City and the Grand Canyon have been my favorite places we have visited so far. While the area that we are currently in is not the most interesting, it is probably the best RV Park we have been to. The weather, hot tub and the people are great! We will most likely be returning for next winter. I say most likely because with us, you never really know where we are going to end up – haha!

What I am most excited about for the remainder of 2019 are the national parks that we will get to see. We also have not seen our families in quite a while, so we will also have an opportunity to do that.

I love being able to avoid cold weather. I love visiting the iconic attractions of America, and also the hidden gems. I love having the choice to just sit in my chair, stare at a mountain and enjoy the warm weather or going out and having an adventure. I like having freedom. Freedom to control my work schedule. Freedom to roam the United States and beyond. When we had our dog walking business people would mention that we had freedom. And we did. We were our own bosses, but the level of freedom that we have now is so much greater than before. I am currently living a dream of mine while working towards another dream. A bigger dream. As I write this, it seems very much like my sleeping dreams – how I can be in one dream and then shift into another dream.

Although traveling is a dream of mine, it does not  mean it is 24/7 happiness. I’m happier, but it doesn’t mean that things can’t be frustrating or difficult at times. Life is not perfect. It is also interesting to think how my dream can be someone else’s nightmare. This life style is not for everyone. I am not the type of individual that thrives in the 9-5, have a boss, stay in one place type of energy. Although I work 36-42 hours per week, I usually never work more than 6 hours per day nor do I have a long commute. My commute is me getting my ass out of bed, walking  a few feet over to my computer and turning the coffee  pot on. I like it haha.

I don’t know how long we will be living in a RV, but I am currently enjoying the simplicity of everything now. One thing I know is that after seeing the USA, we will be wanting to explore other countries. I want to learn other languages and experience other cultures. My current job is helping me not only improve my communication skills, but it also gives me a chance to  speak with people from all over the world. When I learn about different countries I get excited. What can I say, I’m an explorer – this is who I am.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/20/19 | CA

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Getting Paid to Talk

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I started out our journey with the mindset that teaching meditation on the road (in person & online) would find traction quickly, like our previous business and all would be well. Well, I was wrong – haha. So, instead of teaching at studios, stores or over the phone I have dedicated my energy to putting spiritual content on YouTube. During this process I was searching for another way to earn money and that is when I found Cambly.

Cambly is an online platform for those wanting to learn English. To become a teacher you just have to submit an application and video. You don’t need a college degree which is nice because I dropped out. Basically you get paid to have conversations with people from all around the world. On occasion I will actually do a lesson with a student, but most of the time we are just having a conversation. 

Cambly is great because you can set your hours and teach anytime you want. This is a great opportunity to make some extra cash and is probably used best as a part-time job. I’m actually using it as a full-time job because we travel all the time. You get paid weekly and as long as you’re doing well on Cambly you can create a schedule three weeks in advance.

Now there are definitely some cons to this job. If you are working a busy day like Saturday, then the hourly rate is reasonable, but if it is a slow day you can be waiting around a lot and can become frustrating. I do most of my work on the computer like editing videos and writing, so I just use that time to get some work done, so it is not too bad. 

With my wife teaching on VIPKID and with myself teaching on Cambly we are able to travel full-time and pay the bills. It is not our “dream jobs” but it is allowing us to live our dream and build our next dream – YouTube! If you are going to use cambly while traveling just beware that it will eat up a lot of data, so have a good plan! I recommend AT&T. We have three hotspots, two are AT&T and one is Verizon. Each AT&T hotspot allows us to have 100 GB of data, so between all three of our hotspots we get 215 GB of data per month. This is enough for web browsing, teaching and uploading youtube videos. 

While Cambly can be frustrating sometimes because you get hung up on frequently due to people not knowing how to use the application or are just shy, it is worth it in the end because you can meet some cool people, help them and make some money in the process. You get to be in charge of your schedule and not have a boss, it ain’t that bad at all.

Yesterday my wife and I were sitting in the hot tub at our RV park and I thought how lucky we are. We have so much freedom…

-Andrew

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Waking Up…

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I’ve been keeping a dream log for almost 2 weeks now. It is helping me remember my dreams more. I have been doing visual meditation including work on my astral body and attempted a few astral projections, but have failed. I am getting better at putting my body to sleep. I felt as though I have had two experiences where I was starting to enter the vibrational stage of astral projection, but can’t seem to make any more progress. I haven’t been doing this too long so I need to remind myself to be patient. Putting your body to sleep can be a task on it’s own.

 It is weird to think that we have been living and traveling in a RV for almost 7 months. We have traveled across the entire country. This would be the second time I have achieved this in my life. The first time was by car though and it only took me 1.5 weeks. Traveling is a dream of mine. I imagine I will do it for a long time. Will it always be in a RV? For exploring the U.S. – yes, but going abroad obviously not. There are many countries Heather and I want to visit, but we are still not sure how we want to go about it. 

I miss Tucson. I loved the energy there; warm weather, mountains, the bike path, the city…. A few days before we left I went for a bike ride and forgot how much I loved to bike. Yuma, AZ is similar to Tucson. The weather is good, there are mountains, but it is definitely not the same. I imagine while we are here we will most likely rent an ATV to ride in the desert, visit San Diego, maybe visit Phoenix, AZ, go hiking, etc. It is nice knowing we are not going to freeze our asses off this winter – haha. I am not a fan of the cold. There is one thing that I am having a conflict with and that is I have always loved the ocean, but… I don’t like humidity. Living in the desert for the first time in my life, I have come to really enjoy the warm and dry climate. I am falling more in love with mountains. This is one aspect of traveling that I love – you continue learning, learning more about the Earth, learning more about yourself. 

What I am, well – remembering, is that I love to dream. I love to dream and then go do it. This journey on the road is exactly that. It is by far not a perfect experience. There are things I did not anticipate or expect, but that is life. But I am starting to remember my passion for sleeping dreams. I have an overwhelming excitement and drive in regards to lucid dreaming and astral projection. I love the process of spiritually waking up. I can’t wait to have my first projection. I will definitely share it once it happens. I also look forward to seeing how this whole process affects my creativity and waking life. To be greatly excited to wake up to a wonderful life and to be excited to fall asleep and dream – this is a continuous goal.

If you could paint your life, what would it look like? If you could paint your sleeping dreams, what would they look like? What colors would you use? That prison you may find yourself in doesn’t have to remain… Could you not just paint a new picture and replace it with the old… and like a seed in the earth, would you experience such growth? Would you smile at the magic you have always had? Would you then begin to wake up? Would you then realize, all that you need, maybe it is already inside of you, waiting to be unleashed…

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11/26/18 | CA

the Simplicity of the PAST

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There once was a time before the internet, 1,000 + TV channels and cell phones. It was a time of simplicity. It was a time of riding your bike in the autumn leaves, climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music. This was my childhood. 

As a child I remember quite often listening to rock n roll. That was it? Yup, that was it. I recall many times just sitting on the floor or running around the house to the music that blasted out of the stereo speakers; Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, etc

I have a love / hate relationship with technology. I love it, I need it, but I do miss the times when you could just sit in the same room with other people listening to music instead of staring at screens. I love how social media can help connect you with others and help with spreading a message, but it can also be incredibly time wasting.

I remember a short time period where we didn’t have to dial the area code, there were no cell phones to text people you were going to be late and facebook did not exist. I miss those times and that is one reason why we started to RV full time. We wanted to spend more time outdoors and having adventures. To be real though, we have to maintain a balance. To earn money, I have to be at the computer helping others with English or editing videos and writing blogs. I guess it goes with anything life – balance is key.

Do you remember a time when things were just more simple? How do you keep a balance of technology and staying away from screens?
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.5.18  | AZ